There’s no denying that Mark Wright has made himself some friends in high places since moving to Hollywood – but he apparently has One Direction star Niall Horan to thank for helping him land his dream job.
The former TOWIE star is now enjoying huge success presenting US TV show Extra – all because his friend Niall gave him exclusive access to his first solo single.
After being interviewed by one of the bosses at the US network, Mark apparently feared the worst and thought the was heading back to the UK without a new job.
But according to an interview Mark gave to The Mirror, his luck changed when one of the bosses decided to give him a chance…
“She said, ‘I’m gonna give you a chance. You’ve got a week to get a star we’d play on our show. Produce it. Direct it. And interview them’.” He told the paper.
“They said the calibre they wanted was Beckham, Corden, One Direction.”
Determined not to let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip though his fingers, Mark gave Niall a call, who then gave him behind-the-scenes access to his new music video.
“I will thank Niall forever,” Mark admitted. “I have got close to him over the last year and he has helped me settle in.”
The network loved what Mark had done, but apparently it was his willingness to drop everything to interview A-List celebrities that sealed the deal for Mark.
“I was at the airport. Luggage in the hold. The producer Teresa calls me and says ‘Mark are you still in town?’.
“I was like ‘I am but I’m leaving now’. She said, ‘Oh, never mind. We had a James Corden interview and we were going to ask you to do it’.
So what does someone do in a situation like that? You get off the plane, of course!
“I call Teresa and I’m like ‘I’m coming back’. I got back to the hotel at 11pm and the next day I interviewed Corden. My boss told me, ‘What you did yesterday, that goes a million miles. I knew you were hungry because you got off that plane and made it happen’.”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Mark is now so successful that he interviews huge stars like Kim Kardashian and is loving the LA lifestyle.
He has also reportedly found himself some British friends across the pond – spending time with Leigh Francis, Emma Bunton, and Richard Bacon.
Mark and his actress wife Michelle Keegan, spent much of last year apart thanks to work commitments, but the pair have recently been reunited when she flew to LA to be with him.
The pair took to Instagram earlier this month to share a romantic picture of them seeing out the new year under an LA sunset.
Something tells us they’ll have plenty to look forward to in 2018.